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Much of what's sold at Wild Goose Design is created by owners

What sets Wild Goose Design in Richland apart from other gift and decor shops is that much of what it sells has been made by owners Bonnie and Glenn Greiner of Hermiston.

"We love to recycle, to repurpose found objects," she said. "We love vintage stuff. It has good energy and charm and always comes with a story."

The Greiners have been creating furniture, decor items and more for more than 30 years. Their designs are well beyond crafty. Their pieces have been carried by metropolitan design houses and displayed in showrooms worldwide.

He is a master carpenter and can build furniture from scratch or take an existing piece and refurbish it, often giving it a whole new life.

"Like this cabinet," Bonnie Greiner said. "It used to be a sewing machine cabinet. Glenn took the machine out, I painted it and now you can use it for storage anywhere in your home."

They have a knack for making even new objects look old.

"It gives them character," she said. "We like furniture that, if you run the vacuum into it, it looks better."

And they're not afraid of a challenge.

"If you see something in a magazine, if you have an idea, we can very likely make it," she said. "We do custom work all the time."

She also enjoys painting on a large scale. If she's not giving a piece of furniture a faux finish, she's wielding her brushes on oversize canvases.

"I also do upholstery," she said, pointing to a bench near the front door. "That used to be a coffee table.I just added some padding and upholstery fabric."

They also enjoy framing old prints and collections of things like seashells and butterflies. Maps become lampshades under their touch.

"Glenn is good at wiring lamps too," she said, pointing out a lamp base made from a large, rectangular basket and a chandelier made of a collection of sticks bound together, painted white and fitted with clear glass bulbs.

"We're always on the lookout for something different, away from the assembly line," she said.

In addition to decor for the home, they also make one-of-a-kind jewelry from wire, semiprecious stones, beads and parts and pieces found at estate sales and antique stores. They make nearly 85 percent of the jewelry in the store.

They even make the mannequins to display the jewelry.

She also enjoys helping people redecorate their homes and urges them to "use what you have, display what you love."

"I prefer to rearrange rather than hand people catalogs and tell them to order what they like," she said. "When you change furniture around, there's always one thing missing. Often I'll go home and make it that night."

The Greiners also custom paint furniture, design kitchen cupboards and she does floral design as well.

"It's the starving-artist syndrome.We do it all," she said.

He works at home while she minds the store four days a week. The rest of the week she's also at home creating new items for the store they opened on The Parkway eight years ago.

The Greiners also stock specialty foods.

"We make a real attempt to purchase U.S.-made whenever possible," shesaid. "We also make an effort to find local artists or others who hand-make the things they sell."

One example is the floral note cards painted by Richland watercolorist Linda Hoover.

"She does beautiful work, and we're the only place that carries them," Bonnie said.

Wild Goose Design is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

-- Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com

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